[Magistrate and Recognition of the Child's Father.]Here Justice triumphs in his Elbow Chair, And makes his Market of the trading Fair; His Office Shelves with Parish Laws are grac'd...And Swears She'l be reveng'd upon his Brows' The Jade, the Justice and Church Ward'ns agree, And from him to provide Security.
Sold by J. Sympson Engraver and Print-Seller at the Dove in Russell Court Drury Lane.
Etching and engraving. Plate 306 x 356mm. 12 x 14".
A woman swearing a child to a grave citizen. A pregnant young woman standing to right, swearing on a book before a magistrate who sits at a bench to left with a book labelled 'Law of Bastadry [sic]' in front of him, that the child is by an old man wearing a dark wig with a ruff hanging at his waist. This man meanwhile, raises his hands and eyes to heaven, protesting innocence, his wife, wearing a coif and bonnet shakes her fist, upbraiding him. The true father, a young man, crouches behind the woman, whispering counsel; beside the magistrate to left, a little girl sits teaching a dog to walk on its hind legs. After William Hogarth's (1697-1794) painting entitled "The Denunciation" c.1729 (National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin). Paulson in "Hogarth's Graphic Works" comments on Sympson's use of 'modern moral subjects', of which this is one. According to Paulson there is no sufficient proof to shoe that Hogarth employed Sympson, and thus is therefore more likely that Sympson undertook the job himself
BM Satires: 2261. See Paulson: pp.29-30.
[Ref: 19160] £180.00